Librarian, Windows 7 Libraries Management Tool

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 8, 2010
Updated • Oct 15, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

Libraries have been integrated into the Windows 7 operating system by Microsoft, to provide users with an option to manage files residing in multiple different directories. That's for instance helpful if videos, photos, or music are not stored in just one directory on the system, but in multiple locations.

Users have options to create new libraries, and add storage locations to existing libraries. That's however not as comfortable as it may sound, as it requires to right-click on the library in Windows Explorer and to selected Properties from the menu. If this has to be done for multiple libraries, or regularly, then it becomes a nuisance.

Librarian is a specialized tool to manage Windows 7 Libraries more effectively. The program displays all existing libraries in the user interface.

windows 7 libraries
windows 7 libraries

The main controls in the program can be used to create a new library, rename or delete an existing one, or change the properties of the selected library.

A double-click on a library in the listing opens the settings of that library. Here it is possible to change a library's icon, revert to the default icon, switch the library type, add additional storage locations and select if it should be displayed in the navigation pane in Windows Explorer. Finally, the default save location for the library can be set here as well.

edit windows library settings
edit windows library settings

The default save location is indicated with a checkmark on the icon. All options provided in the software are also available in the operating system. The major difference is their accessibility. Users who regularly work with libraries, or need to configure them extensively may prefer to use Librarian, as the software makes it a tad easier to do so.

Librarian is available for download at the developer website. It is only compatible with Windows 7 and available with an English and Russian interface. (via Beatmasters)


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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